With proposed school building improvements related to safety, overcrowding, efficiency/maintenance, and vocational programming. Gunnison Watershed School District plans to pursue bond funding on the November 2022 ballot. Should voters approve, conceptual design turns into construction plans and projects would kick off in mid-2023.
SAFETY: Our schools are safe, but new industry standards developed after our schools were built suggest we could make them safer. Every entrance needs safety improvements based on evolving industry school safety standards.
MAINTENANCE: The district wants to care of our school buildings to support comfortable learning environments while being mindful of energy consumption. Energy efficiency and temperature control at Gunnison Community School require large HVAC upgrades.
OVERCROWDING: With a consistent growth rate within our schools, we need better long-term solutions. Crested Butte Community School (CBCS) is over capacity and uses six modular classrooms. CBCS building improvements will increase student capacity by 33%. There is also a need for a larger cafeteria and auditorium space at Gunnison Community School. Flexible teaching spaces are also needed.
VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMING: Expanded teaching space is enables expansion of career and technical/vocational education programs, enabling more students the ability to enter the workforce directly after high school.